I'm currently working as a school library technician and, to be honest, I sort of enjoy it. However, it's a really limiting position. There's nowhere to really go from here. I have a library technician diploma (Canada) and I feel really limited by my opportunities as a paraprofessional. Lately, I'm trying to figure out what my next career move should be and I am HONESTLY, SERIOUSLY considering going back and getting my MLIS. How stupid would this choice be? Is there a chance that it wouldn't be a mistake? [more inside]
I recently discovered what an archivist does and have finally found a career path I would love to pursue. The only catch is, I'm still learning a lot and I don't know how to describe what I want my focus to be in my statement of purpose application essay. Help me not sound like a crazy fan girl begging UCLA to let me in. Please? Details inside. [more inside]
Are there significant drawbacks to starting a grad school program in the spring as opposed to the fall? [more inside]
I have a Master of Library Science, and for close to 15 years have been a public librarian. Does this qualify me for any type of freelance work? [more inside]
I've had difficulty finding a career mentor in the archives/preservation field because of a lack of local resources and the fact that I obtained my Masters degree online, which was rather 'alienating' and didn't really allow for the kind of student-professor relationship that blooms into recommendation letters and networking. Are there ways of seeking out (real, committed) mentors either online, or in my area (northern Virginia/Washington DC), preferably involving me providing volunteer work? [more inside]
I've been accepted into two MLIS programs. I need help deciding. [more inside]
What schools have strong programs in digital librarianship or digital curation? [more inside]
Is there demand for digital librarians trained in data management, exposing electronic collections, digital archiving, and so on? [more inside]
I am presently going through interviews for an IT consulting position with a nationally known firm. I've been through two extended phone interviews. The initial call with the recruiter went great, but I just had a call with one of the main staff members and it was a train wreck. Extra library/MLIS snowflake details... [more inside]
I'm on the edge of starting an online MLIS degree. I know that the conventional wisdom is that this is a bad idea, but I don't feel like I have any other options. Am I about to make a serious mistake, or could I be an exception? Were all of the dire warnings about becoming a librarian due, in part, to general economic malaise, or is the profession in trouble? [more inside]
Picked up a MLIS on a whim and finding it to be hindering me more than helping. How can I retrain for a viable career in today's job market? [more inside]
Is library school worth it in terms of the education received? [more inside]
Does my experience as a non-librarian employee in a medical library qualify me for any other type of work beyond librarianship? [more inside]
A friend of mine is interested in joint ML(I)S/MA programs. He's flexible in terms of the MA field, but is particularly interested in postcolonial/subaltern studies, area studies, religious studies, gender/queer studies, that kind of thing. Which programs should he consider?
I'm thinking about jumping ship from IT to library/archival science. Am I nuts? [more inside]
I'll be graduating with my Master of Library Science in the spring of 2012. My focus has been with diverse populations and technology training. I want to work in a public library when I graduate, but I'm a little daunted by the public sector job market (and just the general job market). What should I be doing to increase my chances for employment as much as possible, and what can I do to make possible unemployed job searching as painless as possible. [more inside]
Two people, one career field. How feasible is this? [more inside]
What is library school like? How does it differ from a "regular" MA education? How can I prepare myself best for starting school in the fall? [more inside]
Help me decide whether or not to go to library school. What is it like to search for jobs and work as a (special) librarian? [more inside]
Questions about what to put on the resume that I will be uploading as part of my grad school application to an MLIS program. [more inside]
What do I need to learn in library school before I graduate, if I'm not sure what I want to do when I'm done? [more inside]
Is asking a professor I don't know well for a recommendation a mistake? [more inside]
What is the best way to describe my future ambitions in my personal statement on my MLIS application?
I am applying to a competitive MLIS program in a couple months, and I would like some advice on how to talk about my somewhat unusual plans for the future. [more inside]
What are potential career options for an MLIS graduate interested in using language and translation skills on the job as well? I am a 21-year-old undergraduate student who will be graduating one quarter early in March 2011. This summer I'm applying to the UW's iSchool MLIS program and hope to start Autumn Quarter 2011. I am very interested in traditional library work, but in the last couple years I have worked hard to learn Spanish. I'm currently training to be a Spanish-English translator and interpreter as well, as this will help pay for my MLIS degree. I would really love a career that could incorporate my growing interests in linguistics and translation, as well as my interests in the research and service-oriented aspects of librarianship. Any suggestions? I know the State Department has some positions that would incorporate all these skills, and I'm looking for other options, too.
I am about to enter my Master of Library & Information Science and I am curious to know which areas are of most value when it comes to employment in Library & Information Sciences? Which ones will make me more competitive in the current (Canadian) job market? [more inside]
Should a new MLIS graduate pursue IT certification to be a systems librarian? [more inside]
I'm about half way through an mlis degree. (Both the mlis and my bachelor's are from well-respected schools.) I'm wondering what options are available for telecommuting for those with a library and information science degree? (I'll be living in a fairly remote location which will necessitate alternative employment!) My writing skills are strong. Grant writing? Cataloging? Is "information broker" actually a viable option? Any advice is greatly appreciated!
What are current job prospects for librarians? [more inside]
Brainstorm with me. I've got two babies, a failed life plan, no resume, and I need to build a future. What would you do? [more inside]
I'm applying to several programs in library science and archives/public history in order to become an archivist, but with little experience in libraries or archives, what kind of preparation do I need? [more inside]
Hello, I am new to mefi but I thought this would be a great place to get some answers about the MSIM graduate program at the UW iSchool. Mainly what type of careers would be open and available to me if I graduated with this type of degree and is it really worth it or would I just be another IT guy lost in the crowd? [more inside]
What are good blogs and resources for MLIS students? [more inside]
I am interested in academic librarianship. I am currently finishing my first year in an MLIS program. I already have my Master's Degree in computer science and am currently working as a computer programmer in an academic library in Southern California. I'm curious as to what the job market is like out there for academic librarians now. I know that many universities have experienced dramatic budget cuts recently and several (including ours) have instituted hiring freezes. I won't be graduating for another year or more but I'm curious as to what the climate is like out there now. Are there many openings? Also, given my programming background, what areas do you think it's best for me to focus on in my studies? What is going to make me hireable and look good on a resume?
Looking into graduate school. With my skill set and interests, would I be better off in urban planning or librarianship? [more inside]
Attention Librarians (preferably of the public variety): PLEASE help me not blow my best shot at my first full-time Adult Services gig! Long explanation inside, sorry... [more inside]
Librarians -- rain on my parade! What didn't they tell you in school? What are the worst parts of your job? What do you regret about your schooling/early career? [more inside]
MLIS Filter!: I'm thinking about heading back to school to snag an MLIS. However, reviews of programs seem to be far and few between. Tell me about your MLIS. [more inside]
I am on my way to getting a MLIS degree, but since I am more interested in the tech side of things, I was thinking of switching to my school's MIS graduate program. Advantages, disadvantages? Are MIS degrees worth anything anymore, or is the tech job market still so bad that I would be better off sticking to a MLIS?
Library/information science question(s): My code-fearful friend succeeded in getting through library school without exposure to more than basic HTML. I now have him on a diet of Dreamweaver and XHTML, with a sprinkling of GoLive. He's wondering about next steps: for someone who wants to be well-equipped to work in an academic, medical, legal, or similar library or archive (with web development as part of his job, rather than the focus of it), what scripting language(s) and/or content-management systems are most important to learn? Is the library world fragmented in this regard, or is there a dominant technology? What would be a logical entry vector into this world for someone without a comp-sci bone in his body (in terms of languages/systems, and specific learning resources)?[no more inside]